Andrea Valentini American Designer, Artist, Entrepreneur and Educator at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Since 2001, Andrea Valentini, artist, designer and educator (RISD) Rhode Island School of Design, has been establishing brand recognition for her innovative approach to manufacturing and repurposing industrial foams and fabrics resulting in sustainable, sensual and durable bags and furnishings for everyday.
This all began at the launch of her children's foam furniture collection during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC, Valentini's (Coosh Foam Egg Chair) won the Future Furniture Competition hosted by Interior Design Magazine and Best Product Design nominated by the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt in 2003 Triennial "Inside Design Now"
Valentini's approach to discovering an innovative process of manufacturing industrial textiles was her desire to bring to the surface a new way of seeing nature and industry as a balance of human integrity and sustainability.
"TO SEE AGAIN...IS TO FORGET WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW"
"There are innate human characteristics in every material we produce that connect us back to nature." There is value, when a material speaks to you, and the challenge of working with low impact perceived materials is that much more interesting to design around and with."
Patterns of Honeycombs...Those HIVES that connect us to nature and perforated DOTS that are used to fabricate industrial grids for protection. These textures exist to protect and connect us to the world around us, reminding of where we are and who we are as A WAY OF SEEING ... a way of inspiring and making, that speaks to the desire to connect.
As a way of molding these diverse worlds by experiencing how we connect with industry and nature, Andrea and her team continue to experiment, discover and produce, with a sense of touch, extremely sculptural, high performance textiles into everyday personal products made from scratch and distributed worldwide from her USA Factories.